It’s Yoga International 

Coaching, Training, & Leadership Institute

A Coaching, Training and Leadership Institute located in the downtown of Toledo, Ohio, USA.

Our primary function is to be of service in the community at large, sharing tools that support awareness, healing and transformation, on the yoga mat and in the world. We offer daily classes, international teacher training programs, workshops and life coaching.

Our vision is that all beings everywhere are happy and free; and we are committed to excellence, Self-awareness and personal responsibility, as we share these gifts in the community. We invite you to join us and uncover your true Self.


Please note that our current schedule will change to include early morning, pre-work  beginner sessions as well as evening after work practices. Stay tuned!

 Group Classes


MONDAY9:30 – 10:45 AM ROCKET® 1 – Marie4:30 – 5:45 ROCKET® 1 – Dani

6 – 7 PM – Mixed Levels – Rocket 1 – Dani

9:30 – 10:45 AM Mixed Levels – Dani
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM ROCKET® 2 – Marie

6 – 7 PM – Mixed Levels – Rocket 1 – Marie

4:30 – 6 PM ROCKET 3 – HAPPY HOUR CLASS – Marie

10 AM – 11:15 AM ROCKET® 1 – Marie/Dani

It’s Yoga®

It’s Yoga® was one of the first Ashtanga schools in the West, born in San Francisco. Since 1989, the brand opened numerous locations worldwide, and continues to be a leader in training instructors to practice, teach and excel on and off the mat.

Center of Excellence

Founded by Dorothy Divack, CENTER OF EXCELLENCE is an International Coaching, Training and Leadership Company. Dorothy supported the vision of It’s Yoga® in 1989 and has since, been affectionally dubbed as the Godmother of It’s Yoga®. In 2011, Marie participated in the EXCEL Training and is currently in the Coaches/Consultants Training. Dorothy serves on the IYI Board of Advisors and is a true Master, sharing her expertise, wisdom and Love through her devotion to Authenticity.


Intro Offer – 3 sessions for $30 (includes personal assessment)

*For Class attendance please notify us of your presence by texting

(419) 3779080, the day before or 3 hours before class if PM class.

$20 DROP – INS

Classes as low as $8.25 under membership

Kwik Parking voucher inclusive (2hrs)


The Rocket®

“What is The Rocket®? Well, It’s Yoga®!”

Created by Larry Schultz in the early 90’s while he was on tour with The Grateful Dead as their yoga instructor, The Rocket® Routines are variations of Classical Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.  Ashtanga Vinyasa is a dynamic and aerobic practice that links breath and movement to support overall well being, optimal health; and a strong and flexible body and mind.

“Is this for Me?”

The answer is Yes. The routines are created to be practiced in a group setting, attending to practitioners individual needs.This is achieved by modifying the postures as needed, and still be part of a safe and effective sequence in a group atmosphere. Your body is unique to You. As facilitators, we learn how to offer these teachings by observing and working with You. For an in-depth engagement with your practice, private classes are ideal too.




Marie Russel

In 2002, Marie started practicing at It’s Yoga® in Columbus, Ohio and was immediately drawn to its healing benefits. Soon she realized that she was happier and healthier when she was practicing yoga, so she went to San Francisco to participate in the It’s Yoga® Teacher Training Program with founder, Larry Schultz.  Following the training, Marie had the unique opportunity to study, practice, live and teach with Master Yogi Larry Schultz for 7 years before he passed in 2011, leaving Marie with the It’s Yoga® legacy to carry forth and grow globally. Thus, she founded It’s Yoga® International (IYI) where she serves as Director and directly collaborates with the IYI Affiliates, Trainers and Graduates on daily basis. Marie is dedicated to serve the world at a high level, here from Toledo and abroad, by Sharing the Love of the Practice.


Dani Russel

Dani dropped into the lap of classical Mysore style Ashtanga in 2000 when living in London and found a practice for his personal well-being. Whilst visiting family in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011, Dani met Marie; tuned into a Rocket® 3 Happy Hour in his jeans, moved to the US 4 weeks later and has been flying high ever since. Six years and children later, he is honored to be of service to a truly diverse Toledo community and our international following from Mexico, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Scandinavia, UK and beyond.

We are here to Serve

IYI Immersion
IYI 30 Hr. Rocket® Weekend
30 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
September 1-3, 2017

We created this event to invite past, present and future practitioners of The It’s Yoga® System and The Rocket® Routines into the circle to experience the BLISS of being surrounded, supported, and inspired as we break down the routines, tools, and techniques that will be transformational, on and off the mat!

IYI 200 – 
Teacher Training
200 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
October 22 – November 17, 2017

The Purpose of the IYI 200 Hr. Program is to be supportive, so that you can learn and integrate the main ingredients of the It’s Yoga® System of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, in order to have the confidence, independence and freedom to share the practice in your community.

IYI 301 –
Rocket® Foundations
100 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
September 1 – 10, 2017

IYI 302 –
Rocket® Take Off!
100 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
September 13 – 22, 2017

We designed this training to support yoga instructors who were interested in taking their practice and teaching into the realm of excellence! Laying a strong foundation in The Rocket® and learning the tools and techniques of the It’s Yoga® System are sure to support transformation, on, and off the mat!

IYI 501 –
Mastering the It’s Yoga® System
100 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
August 13 – 19, 2017

IYI 502 –
BEING a Rocket® Trainer
100 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
August 21-25, 2017

Designed for IYI graduates of IYI 501, the second part of our 500 Hr. Series is about “just being” and practicing and teaching the tools and techniques of the It’s Yoga® System and The Rocket® Routines. BE ready for some deep off the mat exploring, and some on the mat teaching. These 6 days will be full, fun, and transformative, giving YOU the tools to confidently teach classes, workshops, and trainings, in alignment and collaboration with It’s Yoga® International.!